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>> a little boy forgotten. police call the case murder. >> wide this was not the first time the child was left behind. >> an important smart phone alert. live and in hd, this is abc7 news at 11. our breaking news tonight is in phoenix, arizona. a giant dust cloud is moving through the city. this is incredible. it is moving at least 40 miles per hour. visibility is down to zero in some parts of the city. we are still learning information about this. look at this picture. the shock over the fall out
in the casey anthony murder trial. jurist'ss found her not guilty of murder. she is convicted of lying to police instead. the verdict stunned many legal experts. we begin our coverage live in a satellite center. >> there has been only a handful of verdicts that have generated so much emotion. outside the orlando courtroom there was confusion. and disbelieve directed at the jury. >> i do not know if they were watching the same thing that we were. >> some were visibly shaken. >> i cannot even talk. >> after hearing the jury took less than 12 hours to find casey anthony not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter.
>> this is a breakdown of our judicial system. >> i am ok with the verdict. >> it is that maybe, reasonable doubt, that spares this 25-year- old the death penalty. >> you cannot convict somebody until they have had their day in court. >> a horrible ending to a young wife but not premeditated murder. the prosecution pointed out that the accused waited 31 days before disclosing her daughter's disappearance. late tonight, at an alternate juror spoke saying the state lacked the physical evidence to convict on the most serious charges. >> the prosecution did not meet the burden of proof. they did not show us the evidence.
>> there is certainty in desperate a little girls decomposing body was found buried in the woods not far from her florida home. it remains to be seen if anyone will be held accountable for that. the sentencing is thursday, she could get up to four years in prison. >> thank you. after that verdict was read, people in our region were also surprised about the not guilty verdict. >> from what i did see i do not think that justice was served. >> i believe that she is totally guilty. this was not a fair trial. >> it is important to note that the jurors were pulled from tampa, st. petersburg area because the case received so
much attention in orlando. they listened to more than 33 days of testimony and examined over 400 pieces of evidence. casey anthony did not take the stand in her own defense. the case did have a huge impact in orlando. >> michael, we saw all those people gathered there at the courthouse in orlando. what was the atmosphere like after the verdict was announced? >> you know, i think people were just stunned. that is not to second-guess the jury because i accept their verdict. people were so conditioned to assume that this was going to be a guilty verdict. people were stunned and they could not say anything at first. some of that angst channeled itself into frustration and anger. there are people in orlando that
are upset. we heard from george and cindy anthony they have received threats over this verdict. hopefully, people can get past this. there is a lot of frustration right now in orlando, florida. >> all the different issues double jeopardy, where does this case stand right now? is this it? >> i think it really is. the prosecution is always go on to say, we caught the person who did this, we just could not convict her. they have no other suspects. they believe that casey anthony did this murder. if some new piece of evidence may turn up, that could lead in a different direction. >> thank you so much. we appreciate the inside.
folks, we ask for your thoughts on the verdict. >> you can imagine the opinions that many of you posted were against the jury's verdict. >> to share your thoughts, log onto facebook. >> no shortage of opinions on this case. we will air a special one-hour the addition of "nightline." we will -- they will have more of the fallout from the verdict. the mother of a two-year-old
who died after he was left for hours in a sweltering event is now facing charges. john gonzales is live outside of the circuit court in manassas. he has the latest. >> earlier today, at age 3 in prince william county charged this mother with felony murder and child neglect. this small town is still reeling over what happened here just over two weeks ago. many are wondering how this mother could make the same mistake twice. initially, police called it a horrible accident. she left her toddler in a hot minivan for seven hours and she faces felony charges. >> it is such a sad end. >> the two-year-old was left strapped in his car seat while this mother was at work.
it was not until she got home that afternoon that she saw the boy. after hearing cries for help, neighbors tried cpr. it was too late. >> sometimes we are in a rush. >> this was not the first time she had forgotten the same child in the same minivan. in january, he was left in the parking lots of the animal clinic, left for about 20 minutes until the day care center called her to ask where he was. >> as a mother, she was just crying. >> nobody was at the merc be home tonight. -- murphy home. leaving a child is inexcusable others are more sympathetic to the mother. >> you get distracted. >> it was about 85 degrees.
according to the national safe kids coalition, since 1998, about 500 children are around the country have died in the cost of vehicles. the mother has not been arrested, she is expected to turn herself in tomorrow. we are following breaking news. this is from the district for police have announced the second arrests connected to last month's deadly shooting. four people were shot during a gang dispute. robert foster jr. was killed. the day after that shooting, police arrested a 19-year-old bread westbound i-66 is backed open tonight after a traffic nightmare during the evening rush hour.
officers were forced to shut down the westbound lanes when a tractor-trailer caught on fire. the lanes reopened about 6:30, but did lead to major delays. a frustrated drivers spoke with us. >> has taught that the ban so far? >> horrible. oh, my goodness. >> it has been calling for an hour-and-a-half. pretty bad. >> 123 southbound also faced significant back ups. traffic has returned to normal. >> coming up, a diggs cell phone carrier says it is waiving your bill. by smart phone users need to see this story. >> michael jordan's love letter. a cell that has an ex-girlfriend in the headlines tonight. >> we have had a nice day a lot
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july is not everybody's favorite month. beautiful night would be called the breaking up. -- with the clouds breaking up. our temperature outside right now is 84 degrees. so far this july, -- at this time last year, we had 18 -- 2590-degree days. so far only 18. this is how we look from white out in space. there it -- from way out in space. the tropics, for the time being are quiet. much of the country, look at the mid part of the country. a terrible heat wave continues.
our temperatures are into the 80's. you can get an idea, these are the real measure of humidity. with the jet stream moving well to our north we have the humidity just dominating. during the day tomorrow, a week whether front to our west, there is that risk of somewhat afternoon thunderstorms. by the time we get into thursday it will probably happen again. gradually, as we get to into the weekend, a bit less humid air. warm and muggy when you get up tomorrow. a risk of an afternoon thundershower. temperatures will be in the low
that scored the tying run. deep throat is off the mark. -- the throw is off the mark. these are beyond names dominating the majors today. tiger woods is still nursing a knee injuries. he wrote on his website that he will return when he feels 100% ready. he also withdrew from the u.s. open and at&t's national. in soccer, in glen taking on japan. -- in blind -- england ticking on japan. that is a hard shot to make. perfectly played. england wins 2-0.
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